Use Healthy Habits to Prevent Cold & Flu in Time for Graduation

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Cold & flu season is most common during the chilly winter months with peaks of activity between December and February.[1] The 2017-2018 flu season, which is expected to last through May, has been particularly strong, with elevated activity occurring in most of the country simultaneously.[2] In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 45 states are currently experiencing widespread flu activity.[3]

With graduation season approaching and school communities gearing up to celebrate student achievements, it’s critical to use healthy habits to avoid illness.

Practice these healthy habits to help prevent the spread of cold and flu so your family can enjoy graduation activities:

  • Don’t pull an all-nighter: Students will often cut back on sleep to work and study, but it’s important to get an adequate amount of sleep each night for good health. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, children ages six to 12 should get nine to 12 hours of sleep per 24 hours, while teenagers should get around eight to ten hours.[4]
  • Clean the classroom: The flu virus can live on hard surfaces for up to 48 hours. Remember to use Lysol Disinfectant Spray and Lysol Disinfecting Wipes, which kill 99.9% of viruses and bacteria on frequently touched areas such as desks, keyboards and doorknobs. As a bonus, Lysol is the exclusive household cleaning and disinfecting product in partnership with Box Tops for Education. By purchasing Lysol products, you can earn valuable points which can be converted into cash for your school.
  • Study up on healthy habits: Make sure to practice healthy habits that help prevent the spread of germs. Teach your children to use proper cough and sneeze etiquette, to throw away tissues after use and to frequently wash their hands.

Rory Tait is the Marketing Director at Lysol. He drives the Lysol Healthy Habits campaign, a program focused on educating parents & teachers across the country on the importance of healthy habits and good hygiene practices.


[1] “The Flu Season

[2] “Update: Influenza Activity – United States, October 1, 2017-February 3, 2018

[3] “Frequently Asked Flu Questions 2017-2018 Influenza Season

[4] “Are you getting enough sleep?

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